Tag: mandy moore

Let's Talk About Those Emmy Award Dance Numbers

If you’re like me, you were really, really sad for the first half of last night’s Emmy Awards. Song-and-dance king Neil Patrick Harris was hosting, and we’d been promised big, dance-y things. But for more than an hour there was nary a dancer in sight. Then came the middle of the show. And there was […]

So You Think You Can Walk…Walk…Walk

When a musical’s cast isn’t jam-packed with highly-trained dancers, the show’s choreographer has to get a little…creative. Apparently Mandy Moore, who worked on the (recently closed) off-Broadway musical Nobody Loves You, has been dealing with that dilemma recently—and working a lot on, um, walking. And thank goodness. Because all that walking inspired one pretty amazing […]

This Year's Emmy-Nominated Choreographers Will Create a Dance for NPH

“Where my choreographers at?” (Neil Patrick Harris – photo AP/Mark J. Terrill) Up until now, the Emmy award for choreography has been presented at the smaller Creative Arts Emmys ceremony rather than the big Primetime Emmy awards. And while we’re happy the Emmys at least HAVE a choreography category (*cough* Oscars, get on that! *cough […]

7 Reasons To Love Mandy Moore

This just in: Choreographer and should-be comedian Mandy Moore is awesome. OK, you knew that already. And so did we. At this weekend’s Dance Teacher Summit, Mandy charmed her captivated audiences not just during her jazz and contemporary classes, but also during her always-anticipated “What the Judges See” panel. This panel is always a crowd […]

A Star-Studded Celebration of Shoes!

Last night was the Capezio 125 Years Anniversary Celebration, and they put on one fabulous show. It was all in celebration of the dancewear company that Nigel Lythgoe (in his introduction speech) called “the Sopranos of dance.” And he’s got a point: Capezio probably sold you your first pair of pointe or tap shoes, but […]

The Plagiarism Problem

Critics noticed remarkable similarities between Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s Rosas Danst Rosas, pictured here, and sections of Beyoncé’s “Countdown” video. (©Herman Sorgeloos) When the music video for Beyoncé’s hit song “Countdown” premiered last fall, fans were charmed, not alarmed, by its references to Audrey Hepburn’s zany dancing in Funny Face and its incorporation of popular […]

The Contemporary Conundrum

On “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 7, Ashley Galvan and All-Star Mark Kanemura navigated the sensuous choreography of Travis Wall’s so-called jazz number with convincing abandon. Set to Annie Lennox’s soaring anthem “Wonderful,” the dance’s risky lifts, natural gestures and emotional honesty made the performance come alive. Nigel Lythgoe liked Wall’s routine, but […]